Your son comes home from school every day with a runny nose and itchy eyes. Nasal congestion keeps him from sleeping well at night, and he struggles to stay awake during the day.
Your baby girl enjoys trying new foods now that she has a few teeth peeking through, but sometimes the sudden appearance of hives after a meal makes you worry.
If these situations sound familiar, it might be time to talk to your child’s doctor about allergies.
What are allergies?
When your child comes into contact with one of their allergy triggers (pollen, mould, smoke, foods, etc.), their immune system reacts as if something is making them sick, and goes on the attack like it would against a virus or bacteria. Histamines are released, causing a runny nose and itchy eyes in the case of seasonal allergies, or hives or other swelling in response to allergens in food.
What can you do?
Whenever possible, it’s best to avoid (or limit exposure to) known allergens. If you can drive your child to school or put them on the bus, rather than letting them walk or ride a bicycle, you can reduce their time spent outdoors during allergy season. If you have carpeting in your home, vacuum often and have it steam cleaned regularly to reduce indoor allergens.
In the case of potential food allergies, you should talk with your paediatrician about strategies that allow your child to try new foods, while keeping them safe from allergic reactions.
Antihistamines are an effective treatment for allergy symptoms. When looking at antihistamines for children, it is important to note that not all medicines are appropriate choices for kids, and dosing for children is usually going to be different from that for adults. When possible, choose an antihistamine for kids—that is, one formulated specifically for children. Options like ZYRTEC® Kids Liquid provide fast-acting relief of allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy skin and watery eyes.
When it comes to antihistamines for infants, most of these medications are not recommended for children under a certain age. Always talk to your child’s paediatrician before turning to an antihistamine for babies. If you and your doctor decide that medication is the best option for your baby, ask about ZYRTEC® Kids Drops—an effective antihistamine for infants 12 months and older.
You know your child better than anyone, and when they aren’t feeling their best, you know that too. Talk to your paediatrician about trusted allergy relief and help your child feel like themselves again.